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Restaurant Prices and the Mexican Peso

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  • Thomas M. Fullerton Jr

    () (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Texas at El Paso)

  • Roberto Coronado

    () (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Texas at El Paso)

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Of prime interest to border economies is exchange rate performance and currency valuation. Commonly used tools for this task include purchasing power parity (PPP) nominal benchmarks, and inflation-adjusted trade-weighted indices. The latter have the advantage of relying on commonly available international macroeconomic data but overlook microeconomic information that may offer additional insight to issues surrounding exchange rate policy debates. Other efforts have utilized small samples of international product price comparisons to shed light on currency valuation questions. This paper develops one such tool by repeated sampling of prices charged for identical menu items sold at restaurant franchises in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. A battery of statistical tests indicate that the international currency value of the peso consistently differed from the exchange rate implied by the border region restaurant price ratios in 1997, 1998, and 1999.

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  • Thomas M. Fullerton Jr & Roberto Coronado, 2001. "Restaurant Prices and the Mexican Peso," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 68(1), pages 145-155, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:68:1:y:2001:p:145-155
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    1. Fullerton Jr., Thomas M. & Fierro, Karen P. & Villalobos, Emmanuel, 2009. "Cross-border restaurant price and exchange rate interactions," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 281-288, December.
    2. Francisco J. Pallares & Adam G. Walke & Thomas M., 2014. "Are Online Pharmacy Prices Really Lower in Mexico?," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 4(4), pages 416-431, April.
    3. Michael J. Pisani & Thomas M. Fullerton, Jr., 2013. "Microenterprise Peso Acceptance in El Paso, Texas," Ensayos Revista de Economia, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Economia, vol. 0(2), pages 75-94, November.
    4. Blanco-Gonzalez, Lorenzo & Fullerton, Thomas Jr., 2006. "Borderplex menu evidence for the law of one price," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 90(1), pages 28-33, January.
    5. Yoskowitz, David W. & Pisani, Michael J., 2007. "Risk and reward: Currency substitution and acceptance of the Mexican peso by firms in the United States southern frontier," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 47(3), pages 422-434, July.
    6. Loría, Eduardo & Salas, Emmanuel, 2013. "Crucial exchange rate parity. Evidence for Mexico," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 101-112.
    7. Blanco-Gonzalez, Lorenzo & Fullerton, Thomas M., Jr., 2008. "La Ley del Precio Unitario en la Zona Metropolitana Fronteriza
      [The Law of One Price in the Borderplex]
      ," MPRA Paper 14687, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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